Andy Couturier, The Abundance of Less

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 7:00pm

Bookshop Santa Cruz is pleased to present Andy Couturier as he talks about his new book The Abundance of Less, Lessons in Simple Living from Rural Japan. Couturier captures the texture of sustainable lives well lived in these ten profiles of ordinary—yet exceptional—men and women who left behind mainstream existences in urban Japan to live surrounded by the luxuries of nature, art, friends, delicious food, and an abundance of time.

Drawing on traditional Eastern spiritual wisdom and culture, these pioneers describe the profound personal transformations they underwent as they escaped the stress, consumerism, busyness, and dependence on technology of modern life. This intimate and evocative book tells of their fulfilling lives as artists, philosophers,and farmers who rely on themselves for happiness and sustenance. By inviting readers to enter into the essence of these individuals’ days, Couturier shows us how we too can bring more meaning and richness to our own lives.

Andy Couturier, a local Santa Cruz writer and writing teacher, spent four years studying sustainable living in rural Japan. There, he worked with local environmentalists, wrote for The Japan Times, and studied how Japanese aesthetics can help us develop new forms of writing. Couturier has also hitchhiked across the Sahara desert, been a researcher for Greenpeace, built his own house with hand tools, and taught intuitive writing for more than two decades. He is a student of many different Asian philosophical systems and is fluent in Japanese.

“We are in an overheated world—physically and spiritually. It is extremely powerful to read of people who have managed to escape that world, not by traveling to outer space but by heading toward reality. This is subversive in the best possible way.”—BILL MCKIBBEN, author of Deep Economy

“Reading this magic book is like drinking from a fresh wellspring deep in the mountains: it slowly returns one to sanity. In an era when the allure of ten thousand digital screens eclipses the inner radiance of a stone lying among the reeds, how clarifying to encounter the eloquence and humility of these well-lived lives.”—DAVID ABRAM, author of The Spell of the Sensuous

“Couturier catches everything that is essential and beautiful in Japan with a clarity, sincerity, and openness that move me to the core. It’s been years sincesuch a fresh and liberating voice has emerged to remind us of the true heart of a country that so many of us fail to see.”—PICO IYER, author of The Lady and the Monk

EVENT DETAILS: This free event will take place at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Open seating. Seats are generally set up one hour prior to the event's start time.

The Abundance of Less: Lessons in Simple Living from Rural Japan Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781623171322
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: North Atlantic Books - August 1st, 2017

$19.95
SKU: S9781623171322

If you can't join us for this event, you can still have a copy of The Abundance of Less signed at the event. Books must be paid for in advance and can either be shipped or held for pick-up in the store. Internet orders must be placed by Wednesday, August 30th. After that, please call the store to inquire about signed editions.

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